matt (hbergeronx) wrote,

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on inaction

Trapped in the elevator just now, the marqee scrolls with news and tidbits like the word of the day. For example

Taciturn: habitually non-talkative.

This prompted me to think about the definition: how can something which is the lack of an action be habitual? Habitually forgetful, I would understand, would be an active action whereby you actively learned and then forgot. Habitually non-talkative, though, doesn't seem like it can become a habit.

Update:'s word of the day uses the phrasing "Habitually silent". In the sense that silence can be enforced, can it be habitual?

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